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Monday, January 8, 2018

Use what you have: Black & White Birthday


You can't go wrong with black and white! Stamp greeting, then cut a circle out of a sticky note to use as a mask. Stamp line images around mask. Add layer to card base. Simple yet striking.

Use what you have!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Welcome back!


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It's 2018 and time to evaluate and set some goals!

I've been pondering how being healthier and having more energy has translated to less time crafting and online, and more time exercising and *doing*.

Paper crafting became my hobby about 14 years ago, when what has now been diagnosed as mold exposure took a serious toll on my health. Before that, I spent a lot of time gardening, working out, and chasing my kids to their activities.

As my health has dramatically improved with cell signaling supplementation, I am returning to some of my old good habits! This year, I hope to "clean up" some of the leftover mess in my life from nearly 15 years of illness.

My craft/sewing/storage room needs a major clean out, and it's hard to get started! So many good memories are tied up in all those supplies, and I'm having trouble deciding what to keep (and how to store it) and what to pass on to someone else.

I've always loved to walk, and that's been my favorite exercise again this last year. I was up to an hour a day before the super cold weather set in. It's just not that fun to walk in frigid temperatures! Yesterday I came home with a cramp in my hamstring that I'm convinced came just from the muscle getting too cold. But I'll be back out again today!

My blog plans are still a little fuzzy. I definitely want to keep posting about nutrition and healthy living. I also want to post what I make and what I learn as I go through my re-organization process. You'll notice that while I am still using Stampin Up products, I'm not really selling them anymore. I am still a demonstrator, but having not held any events for more than a year, it's time to let that go.

So I will be posting at least once a week, I'm just not sure what that post will look like! Thanks for hanging out with me as I find yet another "new song" to sing in 2018.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's that season: Lymph System Self-Massage

It's not Wednesday, but I am re-posting this video that has been helping me SO much with sinus and ear congestion, as well as throat inflammation. At my house, everyone seems to be coming down with a virus! Give this a try, and see if it helps you, too.




As I mentioned in my original post, my shoulders get tired and sore if I do the 50-100 repetitions she recommends. I do 10-20 at a time, and then repeat throughout the day as needed.

Don't forget to drink your ASEA cell signaling supplement to help your body's immunity!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Pumpkin Seeds!

photo credit: GreenMedInfo LLC, 2017
Pumpkin seeds, or pepitas, are one of my favorite snacks! I'm all over the crunchy, chewy texture, and the taste is mild and slightly nutty. I keep a container in my car for when I'm out and need a quick protein fix. My local grocery store has them in the bulk section--look for the raw seeds--or  you can clean the ones that come from your fall pumpkins!

Pumpkin seeds are a great addition to salads, granola, or anywhere you'd add chopped nuts. 

Here's a good tutorial and recipe for cleaning and roasting your own: https://flouronmyface.com/how-to-clean-and-roast-pumpkin-seeds/
I love making my own, but it's a little time-intensive for my year 'round snacking.

Why should you eat pumpkin seeds?

Nuts and seeds are great sources of protein and prebiotics (the foods that feed your probiotics and help them grow).

Pumpkin seeds are a traditional treatment for parasites.

The omega-6 oils in pumpkin seeds are great healthy fats that can improve vascular (blood vessel) strength and elasticity.

Need more reasons? Here's a link to an article at GreenMedInfo with references to medical studies documenting *11* great benefits of pumpkin seeds!

Pumpkin Seeds: 11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits

 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Cell Signaling Research

The science of nutrition and supplements is of utmost important to me! If the science doesn't make sense to me, I don't use the supplement. One of the most appealing aspects of ASEA as a company is the amount of resources they invest in independent research.

I hope you'll watch this 4 minute video to learn more about how supplementing your cell signaling can improve your overall health at a genetic level. It has been life-changing for me, and I know it can offer help and hope to anyone willing to try it.

ASEA Scientific Credibility: A Commitment to Safety and Efficacy from ASEA on Vimeo.

You can see more videos and information at my ASEA website, askamy.teamasea.com

Monday, October 9, 2017

Subscribe by October 10--Season of Style kits!


To help you out with your holiday papercrafting, Stampin Up is offering two coordinating Paper Pumpkin kits in October and December! Sign up by Tuesday, October 10 to get the October kit! Go to goo.gl/nynVwn to sign up, or buy a prepaid subscription in my online store: goo.gl/Hya9Wd

You'll get a self-contained kit each month, which you can use according to the instructions or go out on your own and create your own stylish holiday tags, cards, and small gifts!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

ASEA Healthy Wednesday: Crazy for Nuts

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image credit: Dr Ronald Hoffman

Do you love to eat nuts? Increasingly, studies are showing the huge health benefits of adding nuts to your daily diet.

. . . consumers of nuts five or more times per week were found to enjoy a 29% reduction in death from heart disease; an 11% reduction in death from stroke; a 23% reduction in death from infection; a 24% reduction in death from respiratory diseases; a 29% reduction in death from kidney disease; and an 11% reduction in death from cancer. -- (see http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1307352)

There are so many delicious choices available to us in today's market: pistachios, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamias . . .

Here are a few great reasons to eat nuts, from Dr Ronald Hoffman. See more information on his blog Intelligent Medicine.


Nuts Are PALEO: That is, with the exception of peanuts, which are actually legumes, sometimes spurned by hard-core Paleo adherents because of their lectin content. Tree nuts and seeds are ancient staples of the human diet to which millions of years of evolution have made us well-adapted.

 Nuts are LOW-CARB, low GI: The Glycemic Index, or GI, is a determinant of how quickly the sugars in foods are digested, absorbed, and released into the bloodstream. High-GI foods are thought to overwhelm the body’s sugar-handling capabilities, resulting in progression towards Metabolic Syndrome and diabetes. Nuts are relatively low-carb to begin with, and the carbs they contain are released slowly after a meal. They make a great snack to stave off sugar-craving or hypoglycemia.

Nuts are high in FIBER: While not traditionally thought of as a high-fiber food, nuts are rich in soluble fiber, the best kind for reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. 
Nuts contain HEALTHY FATS AND OILS: Nuts are rich in the essential fatty acids linoleic acid and alpha linolenic acid. Note the word essential: the body cannot make these oils on its own, and we must obtain them from outside sources. Lack of these essential fatty acids can cause dry skin, inflammation, infertility, mood and memory problems, and promote heart disease.

Nuts are a source of critical POLYPHENOLS: Polyphenols are plant-derived antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals. Nuts contain a wide variety of polyphenols including resveratrol, lutein, cryptoxanthin and many others. Some seeds, like flaxseed and sesame, are rich in lignans, a specific subtype of polyphenols that may protect against reproductive cancers.

Nuts are high in MAGNESIUM: Consider magnesium the energy mineral; its lack may be felt as fatigue or irritability and it can even increase the risk of heart problems, diabetes and high blood pressure. Magnesium’s role in bone metabolism is often underestimated. 


See more research and more reasons to eat nuts at: http://drhoffman.com/article/16-reasons-to-go-nuts-for-nuts/

Monday, October 2, 2017

Pick a Pumpkin!


Pumpkins are one of my favorite parts of fall, and the Pick a Pumpkin set and coordinating Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits are perfect! I love that you can use them for fall AND for other projects.

Check them out for all your holiday projects!